I should probably just consider this post to be my bid to be president of the Noodlehead Gathered Clutch fan club (if such a thing existed, that is). This is the fourth one I have made, and I actually have plans to make another one as well. There may be a restraining order out on me by the end of the week if Anna sees this post.
As a "welcome back to Michigan!" present of sorts, I made Kym this clutch from fabric she selected from my stash. We though the band across the front would look better a little wider since she wanted the silver dotted burlap -- to make it the size the pattern calls for would only show one row of dots. I also didn't sew the band into a tube first just to avoid a bulky seam across the center. I just folded the edges of the burlap under and ironed it flat before stitching it to the gathered piece. Worked like a charm.
Gotta put a "K" charm on the zipper pull, of course!
I texted Kym a photo of the finished product and she was thrilled. She doesn't know, however, that I added a super secret surprise lining. Like Corey, she is an MSU alum (in a mixed marriage to a U of M alum!) so I thought she would get a kick out of the MSU fabric. Let's just hope her husband, Drew, doesn't take offense.
It's really hard to take a good photo of the lining of a bag -- especially one this small! Kym has an iPhone with a big Otterbox case like mine, so this will be perfect for that as well. As with the first three I made, I added a layer of felt to each side for extra padding, rounded the bottom corners, sewed in a tab to attach a wrist strap to, and made the credit card slots vertical instead of horizontal.
She's back in Tennessee packing up the house this weekend, but we hope to have the whole family over for dinner Sunday. Hope she likes it!